From: Jason Z. Wade
A recent article indicated that the county Board of Education would consider a seven-period school day for high school students in order to be able to fulfill the state requirements for graduation. It really does not matter how these requirements are met; they simply mustbe implemented immediately, not discussed forever.
If the dilemmaof inserting a seventh period into the present six-period day is toooverwhelming, study halls could be eliminated in order to allow enough time to facilitate the new requirement. It would be detrimental toshorten core subjects.
Including more math, sciences and social studies classes is mandatory to improve the present dismal performances by today's Maryland graduates from high school. Certainly, foreign language study has been a requirement for entrance into college for years and the inclusion of technological study as a requirement, including computer and vocational courses, would prove invaluable for all.
All of these courses are necessary and should be included, even if it means getting rid of some of the fluff present in today's academic schedule.
The additional requirement of 75 hours of community service is met already by many students, merely going unrecognized. The high schools could establish themselves as mini-communities and would thereby benefit greatly by the required volunteering. After all, each high school is presently conducting numerous sports programs, editing and publishing newspapers and yearbooks, governing themselves, and taxing their activities. Are these not the activities of a community?
Mandated participation would enrich the student and the high school community and bring increased participation. Students would also become familiar with volunteering and may extend their activities into their neighborhood, towns, cities and states -- a positive result.
RESIDENTS MUST BE ACTIVE
From: Mrs. Gerry Brown
I am not a member of the board of directors of the Greater Odenton Improvement Association, but I was asked to take minutes of the past two meetings in absence of the secretary.
The Dec. 4 meeting was announced publicly the night of the election (but GOIA President) Mrs.(Mary) Chewning did not show up! Instead, she was appearing at the Halle Cos. community meeting, telling them of her "general plans" once she takes office as newly elected president of GOIA.
On the Jan. 8th meeting, she did attend and was installed but she had "no agenda" and had not one idea to share with the board of directors.
It was apparent she was not interested in the goals and work of the organization. Mrs. (Pat) Wellford had painstakingly prepared outlines, copies of the bylaws and procedures, had arranged for an audit of the books andfor committee reports to help the new president. Her comment when leaving was that she didn't want that stuff. No one acted irrationally or as if intoxicated.
The big-time developer succeeded in disrupting the organization and swaying many local business people such as Mrs. Chewning into supporting his efforts against the residents.
Thecommunity of Odenton has allowed the "old guard" to do the work of preserving the quality of life for the residents. It is a compliment to this dedicated and respected group. However, all Odenton residents must get out to the meetings and support them in the future so this sort of thing never happens again.
Editor's note: The writer has been a member of the Greater Odenton Improvement Association for 26 years.